Leon Briggs case : No action against PCC over ‘leaks’

Leon Briggssource: Express & Star
published: 17 September 2014

Bedfordshire PCC Olly Martins was suspended by the Labour Party last month after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) referred an investigation into unauthorised disclosures to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Prosecutors were asked to consider whether Mr Martins should face a charge of misconduct in public office following an allegation that he passed sensitive information to his partner concerning the death in custody of 39-year-old Leon Briggs.

But the CPS has decided there is insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

Luke Bulpitt, a specialist prosecutor with the CPS special crime and counter terrorism division, said: “In August 2014, the IPCC asked the CPS to consider whether Olly Martins, Bedfordshire’s PCC, should face a charge of misconduct in public office.

“This followed an allegation that Mr Martins made an unauthorised disclosure to his partner, when they were at home, of sensitive information passed to him in his role as PCC.

“After careful consideration and a review of the evidence in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, the CPS has decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction.”

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